Posts Tagged ‘Fall Protection’

Working at Heights: Why the Risks of Occupational Accidents Still Fall on Deaf Ears March 4, 2019 No Comments


Falls from heights remain the biggest cause of occupational fatalities in the construction industry. According to a report by the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program, 42% of deaths between 1982 and 2015 in construction involved falls; 54% of workers killed had no access to a personal fall arrest system; and 20% of fatalities […]

‘Deadly Skyline’: Construction deaths keep climbing in New York state, but fall in New York City February 3, 2019 No Comments


New York — Construction worker fatalities remain on the rise in New York state while continuing to decline in New York City, according to an annual report released by the advocacy group New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.
Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State, released Jan. 30, states […]

Fall Protection Harness – Free Stock Photo January 4, 2019 No Comments

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Image Description: A fall prevention system in the form of a harness, lanyards, D-clips, locking snap hooks, lines, connectors, anchors and the body […]

Should workers’ comp benefits be reduced because worker didn’t wear PPE? August 20, 2018 No Comments


The question the court had to decide in this case: Did the worker intentionally not wear his PPE?
Shawn Smith was an employee of Judy Construction in Kentucky. On Dec. 2, 2015, Smith fell about 40 feet from a bridge and suffered significant injuries to his spleen, bowels, head, wrists, elbow, knees, back, ribs and […]

Company pleads guilty to manslaughter, pays $852K in death of worker July 21, 2018 No Comments


A construction company has pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter for causing the death of a construction worker.
Juan Chonillo fell 29 stories to his death on Sept. 21, 2017 at a construction site in New York City.
SSC High Rise Inc. has paid $842,000 in restitution and a $10,000 corporate fine, the maximum permitted under […]

Ways to Improve Construction Site Safety July 16, 2018 No Comments


The term “time is money” is quite literal in the construction industry. The constant pressure project managers and crews face to meet deadlines and stay within budget often causes safety to fall to the wayside. In 2016, out of 4,693 worker fatalities in private industry, one in five were in construction. Implementing each of these […]

OSHA offering free employer resources for National Safety Stand-Down May 1, 2018 No Comments


Washington — To help employers prepare for the fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction , set to take place May 7-11, OSHA is offering a number of online resources.
Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers, according to NIOSH, accounting for one-third of the industry’s fatalities.
Among […]

Oregon Company Fined After Fatal Fall November 14, 2017 No Comments


Sayde Construction, Inc., an Oregon construction company, has been fined $115,740 after a worker fell nearly 20 feet from a house under construction in Ridgefield and died from his injuries. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries announced that it cited Sayde Constructions for seven violations after Rodrigo Baltazar-Martinez died following the April 2017 […]

Safety groups: ‘Stand down’ to help protect construction workers April 11, 2017 No Comments

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Washington – Construction employers are being encouraged to stop work and talk with employees about fall hazards and prevention as part of the fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, set to take place May 8-12.
Falls are the No. 1 cause of death among construction workers, accounting for 37 percent of deaths […]

Engineering Company Fined After Falls From Elevated Platforms Injure Two Workers April 4, 2017 No Comments

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Two employees suffered serious injuries when they were knocked off of the elevated platforms they were using to conduct service checks on the tail of an airplane.
Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard the case of the employees – an employee of Inflite Engineering Services and a worker from a temporary agency – who suffered broken bones after […]

Dental Damage Claim 3 years After Workplace Fall: Will Comp Cover It? March 20, 2017 No Comments


This employee was treated for injuries due to a workplace fall. Years afterward, she amended her claim for dental damage. How did a court rule?
Dorl Holdren worked as a salesperson for Bon Ton Department Stores in West Virginia. On Jan. 3, 2011, she fell at work. She applied for and received workers’ comp coverage […]

Fall Safety in the Manufacturing Industry No Comments

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Within the past decade, fall prevention violations are No. 1 on OSHA’s list of most-violated construction standards, and they often result in tragic outcomes for workers and cost businesses a substantial amount of money and damage to their reputations.
It is fair to say that the indoor industrial work environment – including factories, warehouses and manufacturing […]

“Workers Falling Out of the Sky”: NYCOSH Report Reveals Uptick in New York Construction Fatalities January 23, 2017 No Comments


Construction workers, safety advocates, unions and elected officials are calling for more worker training, safer worksites and stronger regulations to help curb the number of injuries and fatalities occurring at construction sites in the state of New York.
The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) along with members from Greater New York LECET, […]

Complaint About Fall Hazards Results in OSHA Inspection November 28, 2016 No Comments

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OSHA paid an unannounced visit to one of Hua Da Construction sites and it turned out to be more than a social call for a Philadelphia contractor.
The federal occupational safety and health agency on Nov. 9 issued citations for one alleged repeat and one alleged serious safety violation. Total proposed penalties are $72,511.
An inspection began […]

Managing Risk in Construction November 15, 2016 No Comments

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Risk is not a new concept. In fact, every day we evaluate the risks in our lives and make decisions accordingly. Everything from the house we live in to the speed of our car to the route we take to work to how we spend our money are all based on decisions to manage and […]